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Removing Egg Shell when breaking eggs.

If you crack an egg in to a mix and a piece of shell drops in.
Take one of the half shells and scoop it out, My teacher in England taught me this trick half a century ago and it almost always works first time.

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Prepare single serving breakfast packages

Measure out a specific amount of oatmeal, cereal, berries, etc into individual ziploc bags. Then in the mornings you aren't looking for measuring cups but know exactly how much you are eating.

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Cook a big batch of ground beef for easy quick meals

I cook up several pounds of ground beef and keep a supply in the freezer. After cooking, freeze on a cookie sheet so you don't get a big frozen lump LOL and then transfer to a freezer bag or container. Having pre-cooked ground beef on hand makes spagetti, tacos, etc a snap to make!

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Lowering Fat in Ground Meats Further

In addition to draining the ground meats, beef, turkey, chicken, pork, etc. Take the pot and put a wire strainer over it then run it under hot water and drain. This will wash away most of the fat. If you season while you cook, you'll need to re-season, because it washes your seasoning away too.

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Prepare Ahead

I always try to be prepared ahead of time when it comes to cooking. I will shop on Saturday and cook on Sunday for the whole week. I choose foods that can be frozen and taken out whenever needed. This saves time so you're not cooking every night.

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HEALTHY RECIPES

WHEN IT COMES TO COOKING DESERTS, I AM THE ONE WHO HAS TO COOK THEM.

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"Thrifty" Breadcrumbs

Don't throw out that stale piece of French or Italian bread! Cut it into chunks and put chunks in a food processor to make your own breadcrumbs. If you don't have a food processor, use a box grater. Store crumbs in a ziplock bag in the freezer. (Squeeze out excess air before closing bag.)

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Measuring Cups

Before you pour sticky substances into your measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Dump out the water but don't dry the cup. Next add your ingredient such as peanut butter and watch how easy it comes out.

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less fat

make sure you drain off the fat when you brown the hamburger for casserole dishes you make.

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Keep produce fresh longer

If you store in a plastic bag or container, adding a dry paper towel helps vegetable produce last a lot longer. I add one to all of my cut up veggies and bags of lettuce

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